What is your purpose here on Earth?

•January 24, 2011 • Leave a Comment

 

Nowadays, many people still don’t know what was really the reason why they lived on earth, what is their purpose here on Earth, you? What is your purpose here on earth? There are some people, if they were asked what is the reason why they lived on earth,   some may answer, my purpose is just to eat and drink, and after to die. Is this really the purpose why we live? Just to eat and drink? There are people like this, according to the word of God …,

Ecle.2:24 “There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.”

I am not saying that it is wrong to eat and drink, we need to eat and drink for us to live, my point is, we eat to live, but we are not living just to eat and drink . there are some people also that commit suicide because their  GF or BF have left them, some jump out from the bridges , it looks like, they are just living because of their GF on BF. There is also one mother who talked to her children, she said “ Son, if I can just let you  finish in your study and if I can see you that you are in a good living, I can say, that I am now ready to die.” It looks like she is just living for her children.

What was really the reason why we are here and why we lived? Why God created us? What is our purpose? It is important for us to know our purpose here on earth, so that our days will not just be spent in vain. Life is short, we don’t know what will happen for tomorrow, if we will still alive or not. According to the bible in the book of Proverbs it says…

Proverbs 27:1  “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.”

We Don’t know about tomorrow, if we are still alive. Therefore, from now on, we should live our lives in a worth living through the help of the Most High, our Lord God. We should always remember that we are the Masterpiece of all His creations. We are special in God’s sight. We are already on the mind of God, before He made everything. We can read this in the book of…

Ephesians 1:4 “even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love

 

We are chosen by God before He made the earth to become our home it is written in the book of Acts ..

Acts 17:26 “And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place,”

He first made  the earth before He made us, so that when God will create us, everything will be ready, there are animals, tress to be the source of our food, and most of all our home .  It is like a mother who is bearing a child, before she will give birth to the baby, she will buy dresses, things that the baby must need, so that when she delivers the baby everything has been ready, you see? How good our God is. All that He made was for all of us humans. Now, though all things that God created is for us… Have you considered this question, we, as humans, to whom are we created for? As what the Bible says ….

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Why God created us? According to the bible we are created by God for the GOODWORKS so our purpose why we are here on earth is to do good works. My question is, what is the “GOODWORKS” that we should do? As the bible says…

Romans 7:12   “So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and GOOD.”

The bible stated the law is righteous and GOOD. So the GOODWORKS is the commandments of God. Because that is the purpose why we are here on earth to Fear God and follow his commandments..

Ecclesiastes 12:13 “ Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole [duty] of man.”

The bible says that this is the end of all things, it’s like all will be fallen here . what’s the meaning of this? You should fear the Lord and follow HIS COMMANDMENTS because it is all the PURPOSE  IS TO FEAR THE LORD AND FOLLOW HIS COMMANDMENTS.

“THEREFORE, THE PURPOSE WHY WE ARE LIVING HERE ON EARTH, IS TO FEAR THE LORD AND FOLLOW HIS COMMANDS.”

Your Brother in Christ,

Jan Michael Lachica

 

Ganyan ba ang sa Dios?! Pumapatay…

•November 23, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Panoorin niyo po ang video na ito..,tingnan nyo kung gaano ka Despirado at kabangis ang mga miyembro ng INC ni manalo na..ito..,nangyari po yan sa jolibee apalit.., mga 300plus more or less ang mga Miyembro ng INC ni manalo na mga gumulpi sa mga ADD Members..,

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at yung isang ADD Member halos mamatay.. basag ang mukha.,. dahil sa pinagsusuntok .,na may mga hawak na bakal sa kanilang kamay..,kaya ang iba naman butas ang mga ulo., ganyan kabangis ang mga miyembro ng INC ni manalo.., na nag-aangkin na sila lang daw ang maliligtas.. pakinggan nyo ang sabi ni erano manalo..

kaya kababayan naniniwala ka ba sa sinasabi ni erano manalo ? Sila lang daw ang maliligtas?.. naku po.., ka aba-aba ka pag maniniwala ka sa ganitong mangangaral .. bakit po? kasi kailanman walang makakapasok sa langit na mamamatay tao…

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At hindi papasok doon sa anomang paraan ang anomang bagay na karumaldumal, o siyang gumagawa ng kasuklamsuklam at ng kasinungalingan: kundi yaon lamang na mga nakasulat sa aklat ng buhay ng Cordero.


Apocalipsis 21:27

hindi kailanman makakapasok sa langit ang anumang gumagawa ng kasuklamsuklam at kasinungalingan., saan sila mapupunta? ganito ang nakasulat ..

Nguni’t sa mga duwag, at sa mga hindi mananampalataya, at sa mga kasuklamsuklam, at sa mga mamamatay-tao, at sa mga mapakiapid, at sa mga manggagaway, at sa mga mapagsamba sa diosdiosan, at sa lahat na mga sinungaling, ang kanilang bahagi ay sa dagatdagatang nagniningas sa apoy at asupre; na siyang ikalawang kamatayan.


Apocalipsis 21:8

sa dagatdagatang na nagniningas sa apoy at asupre ibubulid ang mga mamamatay tao.., kasama ng kanilang tatay.. ang diablo..

Kung magkagayo’y sasabihin naman niya sa mga nasa kaliwa, Magsilayo kayo sa akin, kayong mga sinumpa, at pasa apoy na walang hanggan na inihanda sa diablo at sa kaniyang mga anghel:

Mateo 25:41

sa tatay kasi nila..,sila nagmana, kung paano ang diablo mamamatay tao buhat noong una at hindi nanatili sa katotohan ganun din ang kanilang nais gaya ng kanilang tatay na diablo…
Kayo’y sa inyong amang diablo, at ang mga nais ng inyong ama ang ibig ninyong gawin. Siya’y isang mamamatay-tao buhat pa nang una, at hindi nananatili sa katotohanan, sapagka’t walang katotohanan sa kaniya. Pagka nagsasalita siya ng kasinungalingan, ay nagsasalita siya ng sa ganang kaniya: sapagka’t siya’y isang sinungaling, at ama nito.


Juan 8:44

Ang mga itoy nagpapanggap lang na na nakikilala nila Dios subalit ikinakaila ng kanilang mga gawa ..
Sila’y nangagpapanggap na nakikilala nila ang Dios; nguni’t ikinakaila sa pamamagitan ng kanilang mga gawa, palibhasa’y mga malulupit, at mga masuwayin, at mga itinakuwil sa bawa’t gawang mabuti.


Tito 1:16

ganyan po talaga katotoo ang ating nakikita sa mga miyembro ng INC ni manalo natutupad sa kanila ang sabi ng biblia ..,dahil yan sa pagtuturo ng kanilang puno ..


Kung ang puno ay nakikinig sa kabulaanan, Lahat niyang mga lingkod ay masasama.
Mga Kawikaan 29:12

Kung ano yung puno ganun din ang bunga..,

O pabutihin ninyo ang punong kahoy, at mabuti ang bunga niyaon; o pasamain ninyo ang punong kahoy, at masama ang bunga niyaon: sapagka’t ang punong kahoy ay nakikilala sa pamamagitan ng kaniyang bunga.


Mateo 12:33


Kayong lahi ng mga ulupong, papaano kayo na masasama, ay makapagsasalita ng mabubuting bagay? sapagka’t sa kasaganaan ng puso ay nagsasalita ang bibig.


Mateo 12:34

kailanman ang masamang puno ay hindi magbubunga ng mabuti at ang mabuting puno ay hindi magbubunga ng masama .., ganyan ang nakikita natin sa mga Miyembro ng Inc ni manalo sobrang lupit kasi yun ang nakita nila sa kanilang puno., kasi sabi ni manalo. pakinggan niyo po ito mga kababayan.. itong video sa baba

kita niyo po? dahil yan ang nakita nila sa matandang manggagawa at walang matinong manggagawa kahit isa ..nasaktan daw siya kasi manggagawa rin siya.. siya kasi ang master mind.., ang totoo niyan konsintidor si erano manalo dahil… hindi niya tinitiwalag .. gaya ng nakasulat sa Biblia ..,

Ang taong may maling pananampalataya pagkatapos nang una at ikalawang pagsaway ay itakuwil mo;


Tito 3:10

Dapat itakwil o itiwalag ang gumagawa ng mga kasamaan.., dapat palayasin..,

Datapuwa’t sa nangasa labas ay Dios ang humahatol. Alisin nga ninyo sa inyo ang masamang tao.


I Mga Taga-Corinto 5:13

kaya lang kinukunsinti ni erano manalo ang mga gumagawa ng katiwalian sa kanyang Iglesia.. malinaw na natutupad sa kanila ang nakasulat sa Biblia …


At palibhasa’y hindi nila minagaling na kilalanin ang Dios, ibinigay sila ng Dios sa isang mahalay na pagiisip, upang gawin yaong mga bagay na hindi nangararapat;


Mga Taga-Roma 1:28


Nangapuspus sila ng buong kalikuan, ng kasamaan, ng kasakiman, ng kahalayan; puspos ng kapanaghilian, ng pagpatay sa kapuwa tao, ng pagtatalo, ng pagdaraya, ng mga kasamaan; mga mapagupasala,


Mga Taga-Roma 1:29


Mga mapanirang puri, mga napopoot sa Dios, mga manglalait, mga palalo, mga mapagmapuri, mga mangangatha ng mga kasamaan, mga masuwayin sa mga magulang,


Mga Taga-Roma 1:30


Mga haling, mga hindi tapat sa tipanan, mga walang katutubong paggiliw, mga walang habag:


Mga Taga-Roma 1:31


Na, bagama’t nalalaman nila ang kautusan ng Dios, na ang mga nagsisigawa ng gayong mga bagay ay mga karapatdapat sa kamatayan, ay hindi lamang gayon ang ginagawa, kundi naman pinapayagan ang mga nagsisigawa ng mga yaon.


Mga Taga-Roma 1:32

Pinapayagan niya lang gawin yun ng kanyang mga miyembro ..,hindi niya tinitiwalag…,

huwag po kayo… magalit isipin mo muna ang sinasabi ng Biblia..

Salamat sa Dios..

To God Be The Glory!

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Jan Michael Lachica

Manifestation of hypocrisy

•November 16, 2007 • 3 Comments
 
 
     
 
IN MATTHEW 6:5, this is what our Lord Jesus Christ says—“And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.”Here, our Lord Jesus Christ is teaching the Christians that, whenever they pray, they must not do what the hypocrites do. These hypocrites are fond of standing as they pray in synagogues and street corners because they want to be seen by people. Please, bear in mind that the main issue here is, they pray “to be seen by other people.” And for this reason, Jesus Christ forbade His Christian followers to pray to pray if being seen by others. Otherwise, they will not merit any reward from God. Christ said, “Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.”In praying, our Lord Jesus Christ prescribed a definite manner, which must be followed by the Christians. This is written in Matthew 6:6—“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”It is clear that Christ is commanding us to pray in secret, and the only parties that must know about is are God and the suppliant.This is the reason why, we can say that, what most of the religious organizations today are doing is wrong, especitheir ally those who have radio and television programs. They pray while in front of a television camera. That is a clear manifestation of hypocrisy. In other words, if praying, while standing up, in synagogues and street corners is already against the will of God, what more if you are going to pray over radio and television.

 

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ASIDE FROM PRAYING, there are two other things that Jesus Christ forbids the Christian from doing openly. It can be read in Matthew 6:2-4, 16— “Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth. … Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.”The other gesture that Christ doesn’t want the Christians to do in public is the giving of alms, or the act of helping others. During the time of Christ, there were hypocrites who even blew trumpets whenever they gave alms, or whenever they helped others. They advertised their acts of charity. And, should the same thing will be done now, definitely, our Lord Jesus Christ will despise that. Remember, it was He, Himself, who commanded that, whenever you give alms, “let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth.” And surely, our Father who sees in secret will reward you.Aside from the giving of alms, fasting is another act that God wants you to do secretly. Whenever we fast, God doesn’t want us to imitate the hypocrites, or the pretenders, because they deliberately disfigure their faces so that the people would know that they are fasting. And for this reason, they must not expect any reward from the Father. As mentioned–

“Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.”

Now, let us find out what is God’s advice to Christians who will go fasting? This is what Matthew 6:17-18 says—

“But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.”

From this verse, we can see how the hypocrites pray, give alms, and fast. They do those things with utmost superficiality and hypocrisy. And Christ doesn’t want us to imitate them because hypocrisy is against the will of God.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTION TO ASK REGARDING FAITH OR ANYTHING!

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Sincerely in Christ,

Bro. Jan Michael

I Support..,Get involved!!!

•November 14, 2007 • 6 Comments

http://www.philippinewebawards.com/

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Three MCGI Web sites now officially competing for best Web site and People’s Choice awards

by: Kaanib.net News Service

Three Web sites entered by the Members Church of God International (MCGI) to a local web award body made it as finalists in the respective categories of organization, community and portal, and celebrities and personalities. They are: Ang Dating Daan Bible Exposition Online (angdatingdaan.org), Kaanib.net and Danielrazon.com.

Last year, MCGI earned four major awards for the same Web sites entered this year including the Most Popular Website of the Year award for angdatingdaan.org, which the organization enjoyed for five years in a row now. Only Kaanib.net so far has won an outstanding achievement award in terms of design and development in 2005.

The Philippine Web Awards is the event annually organized by the magazine publisher Media G8Way, which celebrates this year one decade as the premier award-giving body for local websites. From 15 categories this year, there are 69 finalists, which include some popular corporate and organizational sites such as those from Ayala Corporation, Smart Communications, Honda Cars Philippines, China Bank, Chowking, GMA-7, UNTV-37, MTV Philippines, Bench Clothing, San Miguel Corporation, Yehey and EYP, among others.

People’s Choice Awards, whereby voting was opened since the semi-finals phase, is given to Web sites which receive the most number of votes through online and SMS or mobile voting. To vote for our entries via SMS, follow the following directions:

For angdatingdaan.org, type WEBBYS VOTE 72
For kaanib.net, WEBBYS VOTE 22
For danielrazon.com, WEBBYS VOTE 19

Globe, Touch Mobile, and Sun Cellular subscribers can send the typed message to 2973, while for Smart and Talk N’ Text users, typed message should be sent to 210. Voting ends until midnight of November 22, 2007.

Awarding ceremonies is set on November 23, 2007 at the Teatrino Promenade, Greenhills.

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Bro. Jan Michael

Revelation 17:5 “The Fulfillment”

•November 11, 2007 • 8 Comments
and upon her forehead a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF THE HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
Revelation 17:5

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It is idiotic to believe that you are of God, and at the same time, transgressing His law, Thou shall not kill”. Aggravating this is the next commandment, “Love your enemies”.

(Matthew 5:21, 44) “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment…”

“…But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you

And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I wondered with a great wonder.
Revelation 17:6


     
THE ROME IS THE GREAT CITY

And the woman whom thou sawest is the great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
Revelation 17:18

Here is the mind that hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth:
Revelation 17:9

and they are seven kings; the five are fallen, the one is, the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a little while.
Revelation 17:10

And the beast that was, and is not, is himself also an eighth, and is of the seven; and he goeth into perdition.
Revelation 17:11

And the ten horns that thou sawest are ten kings, who have received no kingdom as yet; but they receive authority as kings, with the beast, for one hour.
Revelation 17:12

And he cried with a mighty voice, saying, Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, and is become a habitation of demons, and a hold of every unclean spirit, and a hold of every unclean and hateful bird.
Revelation 18:2

For by the wine of the wrath of her fornication all the nations are fallen; and the kings of the earth committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth waxed rich by the power of her wantonness.
Revelation 18:3

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come forth, my people, out of her, that ye have no fellowship with her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues:
Revelation 18:4

“NO HURT FELLINGS THIS IS THE REALITY”

So then am I become your enemy, by telling you the truth? Galatians 4:16

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Sincerely in Christ,

Bro. Jan Michael

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5. click on “listen, chat, and talk”

*please be advised that it is a must that everyone who will be calling in the podshow should be wearing a headset to avoid feedbacks and echoes.

Happy listening!

Let us not be lazy!

•November 10, 2007 • 3 Comments
 

DO YOU KNOW that, according to the Bible, God created four other intelligent creatures, next to man? They do not include dogs, gorillas, and monkeys, which others thought to be second to man in terms of intelligence. Aside from that, the advocates of the theory of Charles Darwin have this wrong belief that monkeys, or apes, are the direct descendants of man. They believe that man evolved from a lower form of living things. Unfortunately, that is against what the Bible says.

 

Do you know that, according to the Bible, the ants have a superior intelligence, which is almost second to man’s? Proverbs 30:24-28 says–

“There are four things which are little upon the earth but they are exceeding wise: The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer; The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks; The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands; The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces.”

While Proverbs 6:6-8 says–

“Go to the ant, thou sluggard, consider her ways, and be wise; Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.”

We have to remember that it is the Bible itself that considers the ants as wise. And in their being wise, they no longer need any ruler, or leader, for them to enjoy a sophisticated way of life.

Do you know that the ants’ dwelling place is even air-conditioned? They are storing food for the entire duration of the rainy season. They have their own knowledge in agriculture. They collect organic matters, which serve as their food during the lengthy rainy season.

Do you know that the ants that we see everyday are mostly female? They live in a colony that is made up of more than one million members, workers, and soldiers that are all females. The male ants die after the queen ant fertilizes. The queen ant’s only duty is to lay about 50,000 to 100,000 eggs a day.

According to studies conducted by zoologists, there about 12 million to 14 million kinds of ants in our planet. And like humans, they are found in almost all habitable places, except in mountains that are covered with ice, and in the polar region. Based on studies, the ants have unusual physical features. Their head is made of a special sensor that easily identifies chemical and visual signs. In addition, they have about half a million nerve cells in their brain. They have a keen vision and a sensitive hair that responds to anything attached to it. Their teeth are as sharp as a carving tool. They have strong muscles that allow their six legs to move. When needed, they are able to secrete liquid from their special glands that warn their companions in case of an impeding danger. Out of their poison glands, they are able to discharge formic acid and other poisons, which they use against their enemies. Their antenna functions as their nose and fingers.

Within 24 hours, they are able to build their houses. And this lasts for more than a month, and this is where their queen lay eggs. There is another colony of ants, which is called “army ants,” that build their houses neither on the ground nor on trees. Their bodies linked together serve as a shelter for their queen. About 200,000 to 750,000 ants link their bodies together in order to cover the queen and her young. But when morning comes, the separate. Other ants, however, live underground.

According to reports, the ants are able to dig about 40 tons of soil in order to build their gigantic home. A colony of ants can maintain 150 houses, and they are able to patrol 1,600 square metes. The territory of ants is one of the biggest in the world of insects. The soldier ants stay only on the sides of their house in order to guard it from attacks of enemies. Should enemies come, they send a signal that could be smelled by their comrades so that they could be given reinforcement. They surround their enemies and spit on them formic acid. And when they are killed, they bring them to their camp to be eaten.

Do you know that ants are able to communicate and send messages to their colleagues by means of a liquid called “pheromone”? This is the reason why when an ant discovers food deposits, it could easily call on its companions who would gather them.

Another remarkable trait of ants is their industry. One can never see a sleeping ant. Have you seen one? That is why an ant is being used as a paragon of industry. As written in Proverbs 6:6-10–

“Go to the ant, thou sluggard, consider her ways, and be wise; Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth, her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? When will thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep.”

Let us not be lazy; let us not be sluggards. It is not good to be one.

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5. click on “listen, chat, and talk”

*please be advised that it is a must that everyone who will be calling in the podshow should be wearing a headset to avoid feedbacks and echoes.

Happy listening!

Strong Relationship

•November 9, 2007 • 1 Comment

     


And for a family to live harmoniously, the wife must learn to submit herself to her husband. If you want to buy a refrigerator, consult your husband first. In the first place, he is the breadwinner. If he gives his consent, then, go ahead. You may buy one. If that is the case, do you think they will still quarrel? Not anymore, because he has given her his consent. The husband is the head in the household; he is the president. If the president has approved something, the vice president also approves it. Who is the president? Ephesians 5:23—

“For the husband is the head of the wife.”

The husband is the head of his wife. Therefore, if you are the husband, but you are just the vice president in the house, that means, you do not believe in God. In a marital relationship, the husband is the head, and his wife must be under his subjection. And if a wife submits herself under the subjection of her husband, there will never be any quarrel between the two of them. If you want to visit your parents, you seek for the permission of your husband. If he consents, even if you go home late, he will not be angry with you. Who knows, he might even fetch you there. Because he loves you and because you understand each other, he might even fetch you from your parents’ house.

Just consider the trains. Trains will not collide and clash against each other so long as they stick to their respective rails, even if one of them gets out of order. A husband and a wife have their respective rails to tread. And as long as they stick to their own rails, everything will run smoothly; no accidents will happen. But why do accidents happen? Why are some children neglected? Why do they turn out to be drug addicts? Why do some children become gamblers and bystanders? Why do they loiter in the streets? Why? Both the husband and the wife had gone off the track, especially today when some couples just beget children without proper planning. (“Dear, it’s been two months since my last menstruation.”) Then, her mother-in-law how many children do they already have. She said 12, and she is conceiving for the 13th. And because of that, she was ascribing the blame to her husband. But his husband ascribed the blame on her, saying that she liked it too. That is the usual story. And at my age, I have witnessed similar situations.

There are also parents who would even give justification for their negligence. They would reason out that, it is better that they are many because, many will be working for their livelihood. There are really parents who bear children just to have somebody to work in their behalf. That is not good.

Personally, I believe that loving parents normally prepare for their child even before he is born. They buy the baby a crib, diapers, etc, although diapers today are no longer a problem because of the availability of disposable diapers. But in the past, long before the baby is born, the expecting mother already prepares the diapers. She would even embroider them with the word “baby”. The parents also plan for their child’s future. (“When she grows up, we would send her to St. Agnes, or St. Mary. They also plan for the course that they want their child to pursue. That is what I mean by “planning”.)

There are also husbands would run their hands on the tummy of their pregnant wives. They would talk to the baby inside (“When are you going to come out? I hope you are a girl”). And the reason they want a girl is, for her to work in a cabaret when she grows up. That is wrong. A child must be loved; he/she must not be made a laborer.

If we are going to live in accordance to the laws being spoken in the Bible, the wife must submit herself to her husband. The husband, on the other hand, is under the authority of Christ. He must live by the doctrines of God; he must not cheat his wife. That is the next topic that we are going to study. We will try to find out the qualities of a man to whom the woman must submit herself.

But always bear in mind, sisters, for a woman not to go wrong, she must abide by the doctrines of God. She must put herself under the subjection of her husband. (Next time, we are going to study the kind of husband a man should be.)

At this point, let us focus our discussion on the women. First of all, the Bible admonished the woman to be modest, both in her ways and in her manner of dressing. She must not be contentious and talkative. What else? Colossians 3:18 gives the commandment for women–

“Wives, submit yourself unto your husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.”

Ephesians 5:33—

“And the wife see that she reverence her husband.”

Abraham was revered by Sarah. Sarah called Abraham “Lord”. Therefore, the women were commanded to revere their husbands. Why? Because, there are wives who do not respect their husbands. Sometimes, the wife even shouts at her husband in the presence of other people. (“Tulume, how shameless you are! You do not even want to help me in the household chores! Go home and cook rice.”) She does not even consider that her husband was with his friends. Does that kind of woman have any respect for her husband?

A woman who respects her husband will not confront him in the presence of other people. There was a woman who heard that her husband was womanizing. So, she looked for him. She found him with other bystanders. But she did not make a scene right there and then. In fact, she courteously excused herself to everybody. (She told them, “Dear, one moment please. Please, excuse us. We will just have to talk about an important matter.” The husband asked, “What is it?” She answered, “Come, we will talk about it at home.”)

(When they reached home, she pinched him hard, and said, “How dare you womanize!”)

I admire that woman because she was able to control her emotion. She expressed it only when they have reached home.


The women were commanded to revere their husbands. You must respect your husband. You must not divulge to other people the things that your husband keeps. Do not tell anyone that he has ringworm in his buttocks. There are women who are like that. They do not hesitate telling other people that their husband has a body odor. Bear in mind that, even he has body odor, you must learn to accept him for what he is. Do not think that just because he has a body odor, you could already flirt with other men. No! Instead, you have to do something about his body odor. You will never be saved if you flirt with other men simply because your husband has a body odor. You will go to hell; you will not be saved. Find a remedy to his body odor. You buy him alum. Apply it in his armpit after he has taken a bath, and you’ll see, he’ll never smell bad the whole day. There are lots of remedies to it. That is the best thing that you can do. He is already your husband. Why don’t you just sing …

“You’re my Everything Everything I need You’re the song I sing And the book I read You’re a way beyond belief I just make it brief You’re my winter, summer, Spring, my everything.”

Even if he has a body odor, you can no longer return him to his parents. That is, if you want to be saved. Is that true, or not? Do not fool around; do not go with other men. You will not be saved if you do that. The soul of a man is very important. In this world, you are already considered fortunate if you live up to 80, or 90 years. Do you think we still reach that age? Nowadays, there are people who die at the age of 31. Today, the life span of a man is much shorter.

Let’s say you lived in this world for 100 years. Let’s say that you died after 100 years. Are you not afraid that your soul, should you go wrong, will experience eternal punishment? That is why we should prepare. A wise man prepares, not only for the present, but also for the future. He is taking into consideration not only the present but also of what is yet to come. There are many challenges that await him in the future, and he is preparing for those.

Sisters, do you want to be worthy in the eyes of God? Do not forget the fundamental doctrines taught to you. Be modest in your manners … in the way you dress up … in dealing with other people. Also, submit yourself, in full subjection, to your husband. And lastly, revere your husband, and keep on doing good things all the days of your life.

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Reincarnation???

•November 8, 2007 • 3 Comments
 

     
 
DO YOU BELIEVE in reincarnation? Reincarnation is one of the doctrines, which is being propagated and upheld by other religions that came from different countries, like Buddhism and Hinduism. One of those who taught this doctrine was Chris Butler, a spiritual leader, who is better known as Jagad Guru. At present, this doctrine is adhered to by people who consider themselves as intellectuals. And because of over self-confidence, they have forgotten to listen to the teachings of God. The same thing is true with those who are ignorant about the Holy Scriptures.The concept of reincarnation involves rebirth, transmigration of the soul, and metempsychosis, or the transfer of a soul to different beings. It could be to a human, to an animal, or to a plant. Those who adhere to reincarnation claim that the soul of a man has no beginning and no end. And a soul develops a human form only through fusion of the 4 elements – earth, fire, water, and wind. And from there, it will transfer to different life forms when the person dies. It is also believed that this next life form will depend on his karma, or the result of his deeds in his previous life. Thereby, if a person lived a virtuous, peaceful, and orderly life, he will merit a good karma (as a reward). And in his next life, he will experience abundance, and he will be placed to a much better condition. They say, he will live comfortably when his soul transfers to another body. On the other hand, those who lived in wickedness will be accorded a bad karma as a compensation for the sins that he had committed. He will have a miserable condition in his next body. There is also a possibility that a man, whose ways are beast-like, he will become a beast in his next life.They say that a person’s attachment to the material world and to the different earthly pleasures is one of the reasons behind reincarnation. For example, a person who is fond of surfing, scuba diving, and other water sports, is bound to become a fish, or any water creature, when he reincarnates. And this process, they say, will go on until a soul has completed going through 8,400,000 kinds of existence. This is highly impossible because if we are to respect the field of science that deals with the study of living organisms, there no such thing as 8,400,000 species.There are also those who claim that, a soul will continue migrating to different life forms until the expiration of the earth. And they believe that the world expires every 5,000 years. They say that after 5,000 years a new world will appear, and everything that had happened will transpire once more. And this is a big lie!Do you know that at present, there are structures of earth whose age is about 7,000 years old? This was discovered by an archeologist in Kercado, a place near Carnac, Brittany in western France. Based on the latest manner of carbon dating, the tomb that they found in Kercado was approximately built about 4,650 years after Christ was born. Therefore, today, 1999, these structures would age about 6,649 years old. And this has exceeded the 5,000-year mark, which they say, is the expiration of the earth.

And one more thing, are you aware that scientists had unearthed remains of a woman who lived about 200,000 years ago? This was published in Newsweek magazine in1988. If it is true that the earth expires every 5,000 years, then no fossils of this sort could have been found. The same with the remains in Kercado. This only leads to a definite conclusion that, this belief is not true! And never will it become acceptable to a sensible man who considers archeological facts.

All of these complicated beliefs about reincarnation result out of the people’s ignorance of what actually happens to a person after death. If we are going to use the Bible as our basis, we will find out that, the belief in reincarnation is wrong. According to the Bible, the death of a person means that everything about him also ends, and he will only have to wait for God’s judgment come Judgment Day. This is what Hebrew 9:27 states—

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die; but after this the judgment.”
Please, take not of that. Man is appointed to die but once, not 8,400,000 times. It is not true that a soul may migrate, or transfer, to another being. The Bible said, a person who has passed away no longer knows anything anymore. This is written in Job 7:9-10—

“As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more. He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him anymore.”

It is true that the Bible teaches us a particular rebirth, but this does not refer to reincarnation, because reincarnation literally means, being reborn in the flesh. What the Bible is referring to is, being born again of water and of spirit. This is what John 3:3-5 says—

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus said unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”

This is a spiritual rebirth, and this refers to baptism. According to Titus 3:5—

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.”

The Bible calls it “the washing of regeneration.” Acts 22:16 says—

“And now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”

Therefore, being born again, or being reborn, means to undergo baptism and to lead a new and better life.

It is also impossible that a soul of a person simply transfers from one being to another. If it is true, there wouldn’t be any way for the souls to increase in number. Originally, there was but a single soul that God created. This can be read in I Corinthians 15:45—

“And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.”

From one man, the souls, or the men, have multiplied in number. If reincarnation is true, then, the number of souls should not have increased. But it is the opposite of what is true today. Do you know that at present, there are about five billion, seven hundred million (5.7 B) people living on earth? And if the world population projection will come to pass, by the year 2000, the world’s population would be about 6.2 billion, and it will continue to grow bigger.

If you believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Great Teacher who was sent by God from heaven, we must never believe in reincarnation because our Lord Jesus Christ did not teach this doctrine to the Apostles. Reincarnation is not true, and this is against the teachings in the Gospel. But nevertheless, we leave everything to your judgment.

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How wrong Darwin’s theory?

•October 31, 2007 • 1 Comment


 

 

A typical satire was the later caricature in Hornet magazine portraying Darwin with an ape body and the bushy beard he grew in 1866.

At the beginning of the 20th century many important scientific developments occurred, each of them proving how wrong Darwin’s theory was.

In the 1900s, the science of genetics was born, and shortly afterwards the structure of genes and chromosomes was discovered.


The various components that make up a cell

In 1955, James Watson and Francis Crick demonstrated the structure of the DNA molecule. To explain DNA briefly:


Francis Crick & James Watson

In the nucleus of every cell in your body, there is a DNA molecule, containing all the information about your body. The color of your hair and your eyes, information about your internal organs, your external appearance, your height, and all your other characteristics are all encoded in your DNA. To understand how much information is contained in DNA, consider this comparison:

If you wrote down the information in one DNA molecule, it would fill a library of 900 volumes of 500 pages each. To house these encyclopedias, you would need a library as long as a football field. This much information, invisible to us, is contained in one single molecule.

DNA proves that cells could not have come into being by chance. This is one of the countless clear proofs of God’s existence.

We have mentioned just a few of the developments that occurred in the last century. Every branch of science separately affirms the invalidity of evolution. Despite this, evolutionists continue to cling to Darwin’s “explanations.” They even add new fabrications to the old ones. But these will still not make Darwin’s famous barrel experiment work, because evolutionists still do not think scientifically. They do not accept the fact that the Almighty God created all living things.

Very well, what has changed in Darwin’s theory in the meantime? Let’s look at a conversation between scientists who believe in the evolutionist myth, and those who don’t:

Scientist 1: Darwin’s resources were limited. In his day science was at a very low level. He could not prove evolution under those conditions.

Scientist 2: Maybe we can do what he couldn’t. We will prove that a cell can come into existence by chance.

Scientist 3: I don’t agree. No living creature will come out of your cherished barrel.

Scientist 1: Our laboratories are filled with high-tech instruments. Now we know more about living things. We have discovered the structure of cells. Perhaps human beings will soon produce a living thing.

Scientist 2: Let’s try it again.

Scientist 3: You’re wrong. People who think like you have been waiting by their barrels for a hundred years. You can wait for hundreds of years more, but still nothing will happen. Remember, Darwin didn’t get the results he wanted.

Scientist 1: Why not give it a try? We might succeed.

Scientist 2: Let’s see what happens.

Scientist 3: No! You can wait a million years, but nothing will happen. To create life, it isn’t enough to assemble all the elements in living things. Only God creates and gives life.

After their conversation, the three scientists make a decision.

Scientist 3: Alright, we have many more resources than Darwin had; let’s use them all and do an experiment. You will see the results, and maybe then you will accept the truth.

Scientist 1: OK.

Scientist 2: Let’s get started.

And they try the experiment again . . .

Scientist 1: There, I’ve made a mixture of gasses that I think were in the Earth’s primal atmosphere.

Scientist 2: I’ve made an artificial source of electrical discharge.

Scientist 1: Let’s boil the gas mixture at 100 degrees Centigrade for a week.

Scientist 2: Let’s apply a continuous electrical charge to the mixture. That may work better.

An electrical charge is applied to the mixture and it is heated constantly. What will be the result?

Scientist 1: It’s been a week. Let’s put some of the mixture in a test tube.

Scientist 2: But there are no test tubes in nature. . . !

Scientist 1: Never mind. We can’t do it any other way. It will just be a little deception.

Scientist 2: Alright. You’re very sly. Let’s see if it will work.

The scientists are amazed when they examine the mixture. There is still no cell.

Scientist 1: I don’t believe it; it still didn’t work.

Scientist 2: We’ve done everything. How could it not work?

Scientist 1: We have all the resources and we’ve tried everything but we couldn’t produce a single cell.

Scientist 2: Come on, let’s give up.

Like Darwin’s dream, the dream of these scientists also comes to an end.

Scientist 3: You see? I told you so. Inanimate matter cannot create life by itself. This is only a deception devised by some people that don’t believe in God.

Scientist 1(stubbornly): By the 21st century we will be proven right.

Scientist 2: Maybe we have failed so far. But soon we will do it; you will see.

Scientist 3: Gentlemen. It’s not possible; admit it. To prove the theory of evolution, you’ve added things to your experiment that do not exist under natural conditions. But you turned a blind eye to that. You had every resource at your disposal. And you carried out the whole experiment according to your own planned program.

Scientist 1: Yes, so what?

Scientist 3: You made a plan and did the experiment. You didn’t leave the experiment to chance; you calculated every stage of it. But, as you know, inanimate matter cannot decide to combine and then implement it. You did that and you failed. And you can wait a few weeks or a few years, but you still won’t be able to do it. You can bequeath this experiment to those who come after you for thousands or even millions of years but you will never be able to bring a perfectly formed living thing out of that barrel.

Since you have not been successful in this experiment in spite of all your plans and technological resources, how can you expect that living beings could be formed out of unconscious matter?

For living things to come into being, there must first of all be a delicate and precise measurement of the necessary elements and a superior knowledge to direct and assemble them. These are found in the infinite intelligence of the Almighty Lord. Living things did not come into being by themselves, but were created by God, the Lord of all the worlds.

All the followers of Darwin up to the present time have been proven wrong. But some among them have not still lost their belief in the barrel. The most noted evolutionists have all waited patiently, hopefully, expectantly around this barrel.

Let’s now look at the situation in which two evolutionist scientists find themselves.

Evolutionist 1: How can this be? Why has no living thing emerged? We’re trying everything.

Evolutionist 2: What answer can we give to the creationists? All the scientific research has shown them to be right.

Evolutionist 1: No matter what, we can’t accept creation. People must not think that people who believe in God are right. We’ll have to keep up the lie; there’s no other choice.

These scientists can’t obtain any results, either.

Now, we’ll introduce you to one of the cells that make up your body.

Hi! I’m a cell. There are about a hundred trillion of my friends, making up your body. We form you by dividing in your mother’s womb. We play a part in every activity you do throughout your whole life. We work for you every time you breathe, walk, eat, digest, see and feel. Inside us we have energy producing power stations, transportation systems to move products from one area to another, pipelines, information banks containing data about all the products and laboratories.

We are made up of numerous proteins, not one of which can come into being by chance. So, we did not come into existence by chance, either. How could this marvelous system come into being by chance with its factories, information banks, laboratories, energy centers and transportation systems? Of course, it couldn’t.

Now let’s read what some famous scientists have said about the impossibility of life emerging by chance:

The chance that higher life forms might have emerged in this way is comparable with the chance that a tornado sweeping through a junk-yard might assemble a Boeing 747 from the materials therein. —Sir Fred Hoyle


Sir Fred Hoyle

The most elementary type of cell constitutes a “mechanism” unimaginably more complex than any machine yet thought up, let alone constructed, by man. —W.H. Thorpe

Some scientists are aware of the miracle of cells. They acknowledge that life cannot come into being from inanimate matter. Darwin the barrel-mixer and evolutionists have made several false claims about cells and living things. But now you know very well that it is Almighty God Who created everything. that God created a cell from nothing and commanded it to divide in your mother’s uterus. He created living beings from such cells. The flowers, birds, fish, fruits and beautiful array of living things created from cells are just one proof of God’s supreme artistry.

In his theory, Darwin proposed that living things came into being by chance out of inanimate matter. But don’t forget: one living thing must already exist in order for another living thing to emerge. Your mother and father are living beings, as are their mothers and fathers. This life has continued to be passed on from the very first human being, Adam (peace be upon him). And the One Who created Adam is Almighty God, the Lord of all life. Never in history has any living being come into existence from inanimate matter. Evidence from modern science has proved once again that God created living beings. But Darwin and his followers didn’t want to accept this fact; they were too concerned about their own importance and didn’t want to believe in God’s existence. They chose to deceive people with their “explanations.” The theory of evolution is based on lies and there is not the slightest proof to support it. This book was written to show you that evolutionists are in a hopeless situation, and that the theory of evolution is a lie.

 

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Dead Sea Scrolls

•October 30, 2007 • 5 Comments

The Schøyen Collection has since 1994 acquired 60 Dead Sea Scrolls fragments from 15 different Scrolls plus artefacts from the Essene community that hid this important Jewish library from Roman soldiers in AD 68. The fragments were among those found by the Bedouin in cave 1 in Qumran in late 1946, Cave 4 in 1952, and cave 11 in 1956, and subsequently sold to the dealer Kando in Bethlehem. They were in the hands of private proprietors and were not known to the scholarly community before they became part of The Schøyen Collection. The fragments are dated to the Hasmonaean and Herodian periods (1st c. BC – AD 20), and will be published by myself alongside other collaborators. Two fragments have previously been published in the official DJD series vols. 26 and 38.

This part of the collection includes:

  • Remnants of 10 biblical scrolls (Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, 2 Samuel, Psalms, Isaiah, Joel, Daniel). Some of the fragments preserve important textual variants compared to the traditional Hebrew text (the Masoretic text) and the Septuagint. 8 of these scrolls also have part of the earliest text known of the Bible.
  • A fragment of the apocryphal book of Tobit, published in Revue de Qumran 22 (2006).
  • Fragments from some non-biblical scrolls: Rule of Benedictions from the Manual of Discipline Scroll, the Temple Scroll, the Genesis Apocryphon Scroll, and a fragment of a hitherto unknown text.
  • The original cloth wrapper of the Temple Scroll and a stylus found together with the Temple Scroll in cave 11.
  • A small incense altar, and an inkwell of bronze, asserted to have been found by the bedouin at Qumran before the archaeological excavations there.
  • A scroll jar – one of the pottery jars containing scrolls, which were found by the Bedouin in Cave 1 at Qumran late 1946.

The Dead Sea Scrolls from Qumran is the most important textual find of the 20th century. It has ramifications for biblical studies (Old and New Testament) and for the understanding of early Jewish history and tradition.

The Collection

10 items are listed here out of a collection of 60 Dead Sea Scroll fragments from 15 different scrolls, with the scroll jar and inkwell in addition.

Apart from The Schøyen Collection, the Dead Sea Scrolls are represented in six public institutions: Jerusalem: Shrine of the Book, Rockefeller Museum and Franciscan Biblical School; Amman: Archaeological Museum; Paris: Bibliothèque Nationale; Heidelberg: University Library, and at a few other locations.

12.1 Biblical scrolls

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  • MS 1909 Qumran, 1st c. BC
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  • MS 1926/1 Qumran, ca. 150-125 BC
  • MS 2861 Qumran, 2nd half of 1st c. BC
    See also MS 4611, Qumran, 30 BC – 68 AD
  • MS 4612/1 Qumran, 30 BC – 68 AD
    See also MS 2713, Qumran, late 1st c. BC – early 1st AD
    See also MS 1926/4, Qumran, ca. 4 BC-68 AD

12.2 Parabiblical scrolls

12.3 Sectarian scrolls

12.4 Inkwells and pens

12.5 Scroll jars and wrappers

12.1 Biblical scrolls

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MS 1909

THE MANUAL OF DISCIPLINE DEAD SEA SCROLL

BENEDICTIONS 5:22 – 25

ms1909MS in Hebrew on vellum, Qumran, 1st c. BC, 1 fragment of a scroll, 3,3×1,6 cm, 1 partial column, (original column 20×13 cm), part of 4 lines (originally 29 lines), in a formal Hasmonaean Hebrew book script; a fragment, 0,7×0,8 cm, with the offset of the letters Shin and Lamed; 2 uninscribed fragments, 2,0×0,7 cm and 0,5×0,5 cm.

Context: Part of the final benedictions (1QSb=1Q28b) of the scroll originally known as the Manual of Discipline (1QS), also named after its 2nd text, The Rule of the Community (1QSa) or Serekh ha-Yahad. This was one of the 7 scrolls found in Cave 1 at Qumran in June 1947. The Metropolitan, Bishop Athanasius Samuel, took 4 of these scrolls (the Manual of Discipline, the Isaiah A Scroll, the Habakkuk Commentary, and the Genesis Apocryphon), to New York in January 1949 to be sold. They were advertised in the Wall Street Journal on 1 June 1954, bought 1 month later by Yigael Yadin on behalf of the Israeli Government and immediately taken back to Israel. They are now in the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The present fragment had either fallen off the scroll in the cave, or while in the possession of Athanasius Samuel.

A further fragment from the bottom of column 7 of 1QS, in The Schøyen Collection, see MS 1926/3. Further Dead Sea Scroll fragments: MSS 1926/12 & 4, 2713 and 2861. There are 10 more fragmentary Rule of the Community scrolls from Cave 4 (4QS255-264).

Provenance: 1. Community of the Essenes, Qumran (1st c. BC-68 AD); 2. Qumran cave 1 (68-1947); 3. Muhammad Adh-Dhib of the Ta’amireh tribe, Judaean desert (1947); 4. Khalil Iskander Shahin (“Kando”), Bethlehem (1947-1948); 5. Syrian orthodox Monastery of St. Mark (Metropolitan Athanasius Samuel), Jerusalem (1948-1973); 6. Dr. William Brownlee, Claremont, California (1973-1983); 7. Louise Brownlee, Claremont, California (1983-1994).

Commentary: The Manual of Discipline/Rule of the Community scroll is one of the most important of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Manual of Discipline is one of the oldest documents of the Essenes. Originally written around 100 BC, it contains the community’s liturgies, statutes, organisation, discipline, and a penal code. The 2nd text, the Rule of the Community, is also known as the Messianic Rule. It is the rule for a community adapted to the requirements of the Messianic war against the nations. The 3rd text, from which the present fragment comes, is a collection of blessings, to be recited by the Master or the Teacher of Righteousness for the ceremony of the institution of the new community. It was intended for the Messianic age. Included in the blessings are the members of the Community, the Messiah of Aaron, the sons of Zadok, the priest, and finally the Prince of the congregation, the Messiah of Israel. This text is unique, not witnessed in any other Dead Sea Scroll.

Published: 1. by George J. Brooke and James M. Robinson: A further fragment of 1QSb: The Schøyen Collection MS 1909, in: Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, Claremont, California, Occasional papers no. 30, Nov. 1994; 2. Journal of Jewish Studies, vol. 46, Nos. 1-2, 1995, pp. 120-133; 3. Discoveries in the Judaean Desert, XXVI, Philip S. Alexander and Geza Vermes: Qumran cave 4, XIX, 1Q28b, pp. 227-233, plate XXIV.

Exhibited: 1. Conference of European National Librarians, Oslo, Sept. 1994. 2. Treasures from the Dead Sea. Manchester museum, 21 October 1997 – 10 January 1998; 3. XVI Congress of the International Organization for the study of the Old Testament. Faculty of Law Library, University of Oslo, 29 July – 7 August 1998.

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MS 1926/1

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THE GREAT ISAIAH DEAD SEA SCROLL

BIBLE: ISAIAH, UNINSCRIBED FRAGMENTS AND PART OF THE COVER

ms1926/1MS in Hebrew on vellum, Qumran, ca. 150-125 BC, 24 uninscribed fragments, largest 2,8×1,1 cm, from a scroll of 17 membranes, 26×734 cm, 54 columns, 28-32 lines.

Context: Part of the Great Isaiah A Scroll, 1QIsa, now in Shrine of the Book, Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Of the present MS, 8 fragments, largest 1,1×1,0 cm, come from the lower edge of the scroll; 6 fragments, largest 1,3×0,9 cm, from the cover; 9 fragments, largest 2,8×1,1 cm, are repair vellum; a repair thread, 3,0 cm sewn into a vellum fragment, 2,0×0,4 cm, comes from the lower edge of column XII. In addition there are 8 bits of linen thread from the cloth in which the scroll originally was wrapped. <!–
Further Dead Sea Scroll fragments in The Schøyen Collection, see MSS 1909, 1926/24, 2713, 2861, 4611, 4612 and 5095/1.–>

Provenance: 1. Community of the Essenes, Qumran (ca. 150 BC-68 AD); 2. Qumran Cave 1 (68-1947); 3. Muhammad Adh-Dhib of the Ta’amireh tribe, Judaean desert (1947); 4. Khalil Iskander Shahin (“Kando”), Bethlehem (1947-48); 5. Syrian orthodox Monastery of St. Mark (Metropolitan Athanasius Samuel), Jerusalem (1948); 6. Gift to John C. Trever, Jerusalem, Claremont and Laguna Hills, California (1948-1994).

Commentary: The Great Isaiah A Scroll is the earliest complete MS of any of the books of the Bible. The vellum cover of the scroll is lost, apart from the present 6 fragments.

Published without the present fragments in: Millar Burrows, John C. Trever and William H. Brownlee: The Dead Sea Scrolls of St. Mark’s Monastery. vol. I, New Haven, The American School of Oriental Research, 1950; and facsimiles in: John C. Trever: Scrolls from Qumran Cave I, Jerusalem, The Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, and Shrine of the Book.

Exhibited: XVI Congress of the International Organization for the study of the Old Testament. Faculty of Law Library, University of Oslo, 29 July – 7 August 1998.

MS 2861

THE JUDGES DEAD SEA SCROLL

BIBLE: JUDGES 4:5 – 6

ms2861MS in Hebrew on brown leather, Qumran, ca. 80-30 BC, 1 fragment from a scroll, 3,0×8,5 cm remaining, part of 1 column, (3,0×8,5 cm), 4 lines in a good Herodian Hebrew book script.

Context: Judges is only represented on fragments from the 3 Dead Sea Scrolls 1QJudg in Paris: Bibliothèque Nationale, and 4QJudga+b, in Jerusalem: Rockefeller Museum.
<!–Further Dead Sea Scroll fragments in The Schøyen Collection, see MSS 1909, 1926/1-4, 2713, 2861 , 4611, 4612 and 5095/1.–>

Provenance: 1. Community of the Essenes, Qumran (2nd half of 1st c. BC-68 AD); 2.
Qumran Cave 4 (68-1952); 3. Khalil Iskander Shahin (“Kando”), Bethlehem (1952-1956); 4. Private collection, Switzerland (1956-1995).

Commentary: The earliest witness to this part of the Bible. The oldest biblical manuscript in private ownership.
Preliminary description based on information from Dr. James H. Charlesworth, who will publish the MS in the DJD series and in the Princeton Theological Seminary Dead Sea Scrolls Project.

See also MS 4611, The Leviticus Dead Sea Scroll, Qumran, 30 BC – 68 AD

12 MINOR PROPHETS DEAD SEA SCROLL

ms4612BIBLE: JOEL 4:1 – 4
MS in Hebrew on dark brown leather, Qumran, 30 BC-68 AD, fragment of a scroll, 10×7 cm, part of 1 column, (6,5×5,4 cm), 8 lines in a fine regular Herodian Hebrew book script, upper edge preserved 3,6 cm.

<!–Context: Further Dead Sea Scroll fragments in The Schøyen Collection, see MSS 1909, 1926/1-4, 2713, 2861 and 4611. see MSS 1909, 1926/1-4, 2713 2861 MS 4611

–>Provenance: 1. Community of the Essenes, Qumran (30 BC-68 AD); 2. Qumran Cave 4 (68-1952); 3. Khalil Iskander Shahin (“Kando”), Bethlehem (1952-1956); 4. Private collection, Switzerland (1956-1995).

Commentary: This is a unique, new scroll, not belonging to any other Joel scrolls. The text is wholly or partly preserved on the following Dead Sea Scrolls: Joel 4:1 – 16: MurXII (DJD II:88) undated, Joel 4:4 – 9: 4QXIIg (DJD XV:82), 30-1 BC, Joel 4:1 – 2: Septuagint 8HevXIIgr (DJD VIII) late 1st c. BC. The present Joel 4:3 will be the 2nd earliest witness to the text if MurXII has an earlier date, but will be the earliest witness, if MurXII has a later date. The leather is so darkened that the text can only be read via infrared photography.

See also MS 2713, The Joshua Dead Sea Scroll, Qumran, late 1st c. BC – early 1st AD

See also MS 1926/4, The Daniel B Dead Sea Scroll, Qumran, 4 BC-68 AD

12.2 Parabiblical scrolls

MS 5234

TOBIT DEAD SEA SCROLL

ms5234BIBLE: TOBIT 14:4 – 6

MS in Aramaic on papyrus, Qumran, ca. 50 BC, 1 fragment, 6,8×2,1 cm, part of right side of a column, (5,9×1,6 cm), part of 7 lines in a late semiformal Hasmonaean Hebrew book script.

Context: Part of the column next to fragment 8 of 4Qpap.TobitAar=4Q196 (ca. 50 BC). 4QTobitCar=4Q198 (ca. 50 BC) has parts of the same text, both published in DJD XIX, pl. I-VIII.

Provenance: 1. Community of the Essenes, Qumran (ca 50 BC -68 AD); 2. Qumran Cave 4 (68-1956); 3. Khalil Iskander Shahin (“Kando”), Bethlehem (1956-1972); 4. American priest, later serving in Switzerland (1972-1995).

<!–Provenance: 1. Community of the Essenes, Qumran (ca. 1-68 AD); 2. Qumran Cave 4 or 11 (68-1956); 3. Khalil Iskander Shahin (“Kando”), Bethlehem (1956-1972); 4. Private collection, Switzerland (1972-2003).

–>Commentary: This MS with the other fragments of 4Q196, is the earliest witness to this part of the Bible. Tobit (or Tobias) was written in the 5th or 4th c. BC, and is an apochryphal book in the Hebrew Bible, but part of the Septuagint. The present text is Tobit’s instructions given when he was at the point of death in Nineveh, to his son Tobias and his seven sons, ordering them to hurry away to Media, as Assyria and Babylonia will not be safe according to the prophets’ of Israel. The present Aramaic text is rather different from the Septuagint, and shorter.
The allocation of this MS to 4Q196 was kindly communicated by Florentino Garcia Martinez.

MS 1926/2

THE GENESIS APOCRYPHON DEAD SEA SCROLL

GENESIS APOCRYPHON, COL. 1, LINES 1 & 2; COL. 2, LINE 1

ms1926/2MS in Aramaic on vellum, Qumran, ca. 4 BC-68 AD, 3 fragments, 2,8×2,5 cm, 2,3×2,9 cm, 1,3×1,0 cm, part of 2+1+2 lines in a Herodian Hebrew book script, from a scroll of 4 membranes, 31×283 cm remaining, 22 columns, ca. 34 lines. Further 2 pieces of contemporary vellum repair material, 3,5×1,1 cm and 3,4×0,6 cm.

Context: Part of the Dead Sea Scroll 1QApocGen, now in Shrine of the Book, Israel Museum, Jerusalem. The 2 larger fragments from the present MS apparently matches the top of columns I and II. The rest of column I is lost, apart from remnants of the left margin, and fragments from 1Q20. The smallest fragment has not yet been placed.
<!– Further Dead Sea Scroll fragments in The Schøyen Collection, see MSS 1909, 1926/1, 3-4, 27132861, 4611, 4612 and 5095/1. –>

Provenance: 1. Community of the Essenes, Qumran (ca. 4 BC-68 AD); 2. Qumran Cave 1 (68-1947); 3. Muhammad Adh-Dhib of the Ta’amireh tribe, Judaean desert (1947); 4. Khalil Iskander Shahin (“Kando”), Bethlehem (1947-48); 5. Syrian orthodox Monastery of St. Mark (Metropolitan Athanasius Samuel), Jerusalem (1948); 6. Gift to John C. Trever, Jerusalem, Claremont and Laguna Hills, California (1948-1994).

Commentary: Originally written 1st half of 2nd c. BC, the Genesis Apocryphon is a form of parabiblical literature, which retells the story of parts of Genesis, embellishing it and adding haggadic details. It should probably be called more properly “Book of the Patriarchs”, because it recounts in embellished form the stories of Noah and Abraham. It is related to the kind of literature one finds in the Book of Jubilees. Only one copy has been found of this unique text. This is the earliest Aramaic example of pseudoepigraphic literature that have come down to us, actually copied in the lifetime of Christ and the Apostles.

Published without the present fragments in: Nahman Avigad and Yigael Yadin: A Genesis Apochryphon, Jerusalem, The Magnes Press of the Hebrew University, 1956.
Published by Dr. Bruce Zuckerman and Dr. Marilyn Lundberg in: The Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon, Newsletter, no. 12, Cincinnati, Ohio, Autumn 1996.

Exhibited: XVI Congress of the International Organization for the study of the Old Testament. Faculty of Law Library, University of Oslo, 29 July – 7 August 1998.

12.3 Sectarian scrolls

See also MS 1909, Manual of Discipline, Dead Sea Scroll, Qumran, 1st c. BC

MS 5095/1

THE TEMPLE SCROLL, COLUMNS 2 AND 3

ms5095/1MS in Hebrew on vellum, Qumran, late 1st c. BC – 68 AD, 12 fragments, 5,5×2,9 cm, 3,8×2,0 cm, 4,3×1,3 cm and smaller, part of columns 2 and 3, parts of up to 4 lines each on 2 or more layers sticking together, in a developed formal Herodian Hebrew book script by scribe A, from a scroll of 67 columns, 19 membranes, total length 9 m., Linen cloth from the wrapper sticking to most of the fragments. A piece of linen from the wrapper, 1,2×2,0 cm. 3 fragments with modern thick paper sticking.

Context: The Temple Scroll, with the fragments MSS 5095/1 and 5095/4, the scroll’s linen wrapper MS 5095/2, and a palm leaf pen, MS 5095/3, were found together in a large jar with lid (still in Kando’s shop in Jerusalem), in Cave 11 in 1956. The Temple Scroll is now in Shrine of the Book, Israel Museum.

Provenance: 1. Community of the Essenes, Qumran (early 1st c. – 68 AD); 2. Qumran Cave 11 (68-1956); 3. Bedouins of the Ta’amireh tribe, Judaean desert (1956); 4. Khalil Iskander Shahin (“Kando”), Bethlehem (1956-1961); 5. Private collection, Switzerland (gift from Kando) (1961-1980) and heirs.

Commentary: The Temple Scroll is the longest of the Dead Sea Scrolls, with its 9 m. The text was originally written ca. 150 BC, and purports to be the second Torah of the Community of Essenes, giving particularly attention to the way the Temple is to be reconstructed. The purpose of the scroll is to be a New Deuteronomy, a law for the remnant of Israel in the future. With the Manual of Discipline, the most important of the sectarian Dead Sea Scrolls.

12.4 Inkwells and pens

MS 5095/3

QUMRAN STYLUS WITH NATURAL INK GROOVE

ms5095/3Stylus of palm leaf with natural ink groove, Qumran, late 1st c. BC – 68 AD, 8,6×0,9×0,5 cm, dried ink remaining on the tip.

Context: For a Qumran inkwell, see MS 1655/2. The Temple Scroll, with the 12 fragments MS 5095/1, the scroll’s linen wrapper MS 5095/2, and a palm leaf pen, MS 5095/3, were found together in a large jar with lid (still in Kando’s shop in Jerusalem), in Cave 11 in 1956. The Temple Scroll is now in Shrine of the Book, Israel Museum.

Provenance: 1. Community of the Essenes, Qumran (early 1st c. – 68 AD); 2. Qumran Cave 11 (68-1956); 3. Bedouins of the Ta’amireh tribe, Judaean desert (1956); 4. Khalil Iskander Shahin (“Kando”), Bethlehem (1956-1961); 5. Private collection, Switzerland (gift from Kando) (1961-1980) and heirs.

Commentary: The only surviving stylus or pen from Qumran.

MS 1655/2

INKWELL FROM THE SCRIPTORIUM OF THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS, KHIRBET QUMRAN

ms1655/2Bronze inkwell, Khirbet Qumran, before 68 AD, with 2 basket type handles turning opposite direction on the concave top, round corpus, h. 8 cm, diam. 8 cm, with pedestal base, decoration of parallel incised lines around rim and around ink hole. Green patina.

Context: Found 1950 on the Khirbet Qumran site prior to the official excavations, together with a bronze miniature incense altar with 4 protruding horns at the corners, MS 1655/4. 4-5 other inkwells in bronze and clay were found during the excavations at Khirbet Qumran in 1951, 1953 and 1966-67. There exist only 2 more inkwells of the elaborate type of the present item. MS 1987/15 and one published by Nabil I. Khairy, Inkwells of the Roman Period from Jordan, in Levant 12(1980), pp. 155-162, figure 5a and plate 25D.

Provenance:1. Community of the Essenes, Qumran (until 68 AD); 2. Khirbet Qumran site (68-1950); 3. Members of the Ta’amireh tribe, Judaean desert (ca. 1950); 4. Khalil Iskander Shahin (“Kando”), Bethlehem (1950-1953; 5. John Marco Allegro, Oxford and Manchester (1953-1963)?; 6. Private Collector, USA (1963-1975); 7. Fayez Barakat, Los Angeles, Cat. VI F.Z. 181(1975); 8. Mathias Komor, New York (1975-); 9. American Collector (-1992); 10. David Goldstein, Los Angeles (1992-1993).

Commentary: One of the inkwells found in Khirbet Qumran, and itcontains remains of a carbon ink (lampblack and gum), of the type used on the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The 2 inkwells found in the “scriptorium” were of a plain cylindrical Roman type, another had a single vertical handle, while the present one is much more elaborate in the execution.

Published: Stephen Goranson: Qumran, a hub of scribal activity?, in: Biblical Archaeology Review, vol. 20 no. 5 (Sept./Oct. 1994), pp. 36-39. The other Qumran inkwells are widely published by de Vaux, Allegro, Steckoll, Goranson and others.

Exhibited: 1. Treasures from the Dead Sea. Manchester museum, 1997; 2. XVI Congress of the International Organization for the study of the Old Testament. Faculty of Law Library, University of Oslo, 29 July – 7 August 1998.

12.5 Scroll jars and wrappers

MS 5095/2

THE TEMPLE SCROLL WRAPPER

ms5095/2Linen cloth, Qumran, late 1st c. BC – 68 AD, ca. 45×60 cm, the upper edge lacking, in a fine weave of 12×12 S-spun threads pr square cm, the warp and weft of fairly same thickness, the lower edge with border of 2 pairs of thicker parallel threads, 2 cm apart; with stains from the scroll, some tiny black gelatinised vellum fragments stitching. The cord to fasten the wrapper around the scroll, 85 cm long, made from 3 linen threads.

Context: The Temple Scroll, with the 12 fragments MS 5095/1, the scroll’s linen wrapper MS 5095/2, and a palm leaf pen, MS 5095/3, were found together in a large jar with lid (still in Kando’s shop in Jerusalem), in Cave 11 in 1956. The Temple Scroll is now in Shrine of the Book, Israel Museum. Smaller parts of the wrapper still stick to MS 5095/1. For similar wrappers from Cave 1, see DJD vol. I, Oxford 1955, G.M. Crowfoot: The linen textiles.

Provenance: 1. Community of the Essenes, Qumran (early 1st c. – 68 AD); 2. Qumran Cave 11 (68-1956); 3. Bedouins of the Ta’amireh tribe, Judaean desert (1956); 4. Khalil Iskander Shahin (“Kando”), Bethlehem (1956-1961); 5. Private collection, Switzerland (gift from Kando) (1961-1980) and heirs.

Commentary: The Temple Scroll is the longest of the Dead Sea Scrolls, with its 9 m. The text was originally written ca. 150 BC, and purports to be the second Torah of the Community of Essenes, giving particularly attention to the way the Temple is to be reconstructed. The purpose of the scroll is to be a New Deuteronomy, a law for the remnant of Israel in the future. With the Manual of Discipline, the most important of the sectarian Dead Sea Scrolls. The common way of keeping books, i.e. scrolls, in the ancient period, was to wrap them up or put them in cases, sometimes both, and then put them in a cupboard. In the later synagogues this cupboard was generally referred to as the Ark of the Law. Representation of it, with the doors open and the ends of the scrolls showing, are seen on Jewish gilt glass vessels found in the catacombs in Roma. To the present day, the Torah is a scroll with a scroll wrapper.

MS 1655/1

DEAD SEA SCROLL JAR FROM QUMRAN

ms16551Pottery jar of cylindrical form (complete), Qumran, before 68 AD, h. 43 cm, diam. 21 cm, flattening sharply at top and bottom to a 15 cm wide collared neck, and a ring base respectively, 3 handles or rather horizontal lugs on the shoulders pierced with holes through which a string could be passed to retain the lid in position, lid now missing.

Context: About 40-50 jars were found in Qumran cave 1, nearly all broken and incomplete. 2 complete jars in The Shrine of the Book, Israel Museum, 1 in The John Allegro Collection, Manchester, and 1 complete and most of the broken ones at Rockefeller Museum Jerusalem, a few other broken exemplars in museums in Jordan, Western Europe and USA.

Provenance: 1. Community of the Essenes, Qumran (until 68 AD); 2. Qumran cave, probably cave 1 (68- ca. 1948); 3. Members of the Ta’amireh tribe, Judaean desert (ca. 1948-1952); 4. Khalil Iskander Shahin (“Kando”), Bethlehem (ca. 1952-1953); 5. John Marco Allegro, Oxford and Manchester (1953-1963); 6. Sotheby’s, London 11.11.1963:72; 7. H.M. Serota, Chicago (1963-1987); 8. Fayez Barakat, Los Angeles (1987-1991), Cat. Masterpieces in the Barakat Collection (1989):PF 1123; 9. Leonard Berman, Los Angeles (1991-1992); 10. David Goldstein, Los Angeles (1992-1993).

Commentary: This MS storage jar is mentioned in John Allegro: The Dead Sea Scrolls, Middlesex, Penguin, 1956, p. 77. Illustrated in: The Allegro Qumran Collection. Supplement to the Dead Sea Scrolls on microfiche, Ed.: George J. Brooke, Leiden, E. Brill, 1996, frames 10 (B10-C10), AQ. Pots 9-19, the photos taken 1963 at Prestburg.
The jar was probably found in cave 1, the starting point of the most important and widely published and controversial archaeological MS find of this century. The hoard from 11 caves consists of ca. 16 intact or mainly intact scrolls and between 15,000 and 100,000 fragments from ca. 800 scrolls, containing about 600 different texts in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. The discovery was a break-through for the study of Judaism and of the Old Testament with texts about 1000 years older than the MSS of the 10th c. previously known.

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Tel Dan Stele

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Tel Dan Stele

 
  The “House of David” is inscribed on this victory stele excavated at Tel Dan, in the Galilee region of Israel. It is dated from the 9th Century BC. The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. The Tel Dan Stele is important in the study of Biblical Archaeology, it mentions the House of David in an Inscription. With this important discovery it is clear that King David is a real figure in ancient history, as Jesus confirmed.Material – Basalt Stone Stele
Israel Period of the Kings
Date: 858-824 BC
Language: Aramaic
Height: 32 cm
Width: 22 cm
Depth:
Tel Dan, Galilee
Excavated by: Avraham Biran 1994
Location: Israel Museum, Jerusalem

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The Aramaic Stele

Fragments of the Aramaic stele

Fragments of a large inscribed basalt stele were found in the square located in front of the Israelite city gate complex. The largest of these fragments measures 32 x 22 cm. and, of the original inscription, thirteen lines have been partially preserved. The language is ancient Aramaic.

The 9th century BCE and the beginning of the 8th century BCE were marked by military conflicts between the kings of Israel and the expanding kingdom of Aram-Damascus. (1 Kings 15:20) Thus the stele was erected by one of the Aramean kings of Damascus who captured Dan – although which king cannot be ascertained as yet. It is probable that in lines 7-8 two kings of Israel and Judah, who ruled at the same time, are mentioned: Jehoram, king of Israel and Ahaziah, king of Judah, referred to as a king of the House of David. These two kings were allies and were defeated by Hazael, king of Aram-Damascus. (2 Kings 8:7-15, 28; 9:24-29; 2 Chronicles 22:5)

The stele describing Hazael’s victory over his enemies was, in all probability, erected by him when he conquered Dan in the mid-9th century BCE. It is reasonable to assume that Jehoash, king of Israel, who fought the Arameans three times and defeated them (2 Kings 13:25) recovering territories previously lost, including the city of Dan, symbolically smashed the stele erected there by Hazael, king of Aram-Damascus.

Although the broken stele raises serious historical problems, it is one of the most important written finds in Israel and the first non-biblical text which mentions the House of David by name. It is hoped that more fragments of this unique stele will be uncovered in future excavatio

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PONTIUS PILATE INSCRIPTION

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Pilate Inscription

On the face is a monumental inscription which is part of a larger dedication to Tiberius Caesar which clearly says that it was from “Pontius Pilate,
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Pilate Inscription

 
  In June 1961 Italian archaeologists led by Dr. Frova were excavating an ancient Roman theater near Caesarea Maritima and uncovered this interesting limestone block. On the face is aninscription which is part of a larger dedication to Tiberius Caesar which clearly says that it was from “Pontius Pilate, Prefect of Judea.”It reads like this:Line One: TIBERIEUM,
Line Two: (PON) TIUS
Line Three: (PRAEF) ECTUS IUDA (EAE)
The Pilate Inscription is the only known occurrence of the name Pontius Pilate in any ancient inscription. Visitors to the Caesarea theater today see a replica, the original is in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. There have been a few bronze coins found that were struck form 29-32 AD by Pontius Pilate.

The Pontius Pilate Inscription is important in the study of Biblical Archaeology and confirms the Scriptures found in the Bible as historical.

Caesarea, Israel
New Testament Period
Pontius Pilate, (26-37 AD)
Limestone, inscribed
82.0 cm H, 65.0 cm W
Building Dedication
4 Lines of Writing (Latin)
Date of Discovery: 1961
Israel Museum (Jerusalem)
AE 1963 no. 104

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CAESAR DENARIUS

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Luke 20: 2425 Shew me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar’s. And He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

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Shew me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar’s.a penny. See Mt 18:28 20:2

image. This was the head of the emperor; the superscription his titles. Julius Caesar was the first who caused his image to be struck on the Roman coin; and Tiberius was emperor at this time. This therefore was a denarius of Caesar, [dinarah kesar-anah,] as it is termed in the Talmud; and consequently this was respecting the tribute required by the Roman government.

Caesar’s. 22 2:1 3:1 23:2 Ac 11:28 25:8-12 26:32 Php 4:22

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Sennacherib’s Prism Reveals King Hezekiah

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This six-sided hexagonal clay prism, commonly known as the Taylor Prism, was discovered among the ruins of Nineveh, the ancient capital of the Assyrian Empire. It contains the Annals of Sennacherib himself, the Assyrian king who had besieged Jerusalem in 701 BC during the reign of king Hezekiah. On the prism Sennacherib boasts that he shut up “Hezekiah the Judahite” within Jerusalem his own royal city “like a caged bird.” This prism is among the three accounts discovered so far which have been left by the Assyrian monarch of his campaign against Israel and Judah.The Taylor Prism was discovered among the ruins of ancient Nineveh by Colonel Taylor in 1830. Of all Assyrian documents that have come down to us not one is in better preservation than this.

Henry Austen Layard later found the Royal Palace of Sennacherib and many other archaeological treasures. The work of Layard was continued here and at other sites until 1847. In 1849 he began another exploring expedition which lasted three years. Layard had become popular in Britain as he gave persuasive scholarly accounts of his discoveries to the public, making remarkable comparisons with the Bible.

In 1878 Hormuzd Rassam (Assyrian Archaeologist 1826-1910) had resumed work for the British Museum at Nineveh after Henry Austen Layard’s excavations in 1845 for the British Museum at the Mounds of Nimrud. There were clay tablets discovered in great quantities: and Rassam, without knowing it, unearthed at Nineveh a portion of the famous library of Assurbanipal (688-26 B. C.).

The palace at Nineveh was decorated with massive stone wall panels depicting the siege of Lachish. These can be seen today at the Lachish Gallery in the British Museum.

In 1919 J. H. Breasted purchased the Taylor Prism for the Oriental Institute in Chicago from a Baghdad antiquities dealer

Specifications of the Prism Language: Akkadian (Cuneiform) Medium: Clay prism Dimensions: 38cm high, 13.3cm wide (top) 14cm wide (bottom) the width of the six panels are: 8, 7.6, 7.52, 8, 7.3, 7.7cm the hole at the top is 2.3cm the hole at the bottom is 2.5cm Length of Writing: 6 columns; 500 lines Approximate Date: 689 BCE Dates of Sennacherib’s reign: 701–681 BCE Biblical Reference: 2 Kings 18:13-19:37; Isaiah 36:1-37:38 Location of Discovery: mound at Kuyunjik (in modern Mosul, Iraq) Current Location: Oriental Institute Chicago, Illinois Inventory Number: A2793.

Who was Sennacherib?

Sennacherib in Akkadian means “Sin (moon god) has multiplied the brothers”. Sennacherib was one of the most powerful monarchs in the history of the world. He was king of Assyria, and the son of Sargon. He inherited the vast empire from his father, and ascended the throne on the twelfth day of Ab (July-August), 705 B.C. Sennacherib was the king who had besieged Jerusalem during the reign of king Hezekiah of Judah.

The Account Recorded on the Prism

“On the six inscribed sides of this clay prism, King Sennacherib recorded eight military campaigns undertaken against various peoples who refused to submit to Assyrian domination. In all instances, he claims to have been victorious. As part of the third campaign, he besieged Jerusalem and imposed heavy tribute on Hezekiah, King of Judah-a story also related in the Bible, where Sennacherib is said to have been defeated by “the angel of the Lord,” who slew 185,000 Assyrian soldiers (II Kings 18-19).” – Oriental Institute

Here is an exact rendering of Sennacheribs haughty introductory declaration about himself and his third campaign:

Sennacherib, the great king, the mighty king, king of the world, king of Assyria, king of the four quarters, the wise shepherd, favorite of the great gods, guardian of right, lover of justice, who lends support, who comes to the aid of the destitute, who performs pious acts, perfect hero, mighty man, first among all princes, the powerful one who consumes the insubmissive, who strikes the wicked with the thunderbolt; the god Assur, the great mountain, an unrivaled kinship has entrusted to me, and above all those who dwell in palaces, has made powerful my weapons; from the upper sea of the setting sun to the lower sea of the rising sun, he has brought the black-headed people in submission at my feet; and mighty kings feared my warfare, leaving their homes and flying alone, like the sidinnu, the bird of the cave, to some inaccessible place…

In my third campaign, I went against the Hittite-land. Lulê, king of Sidon, the terrifying splendor of my sovereignty overcame him, and far off into the midst of the sea he fled. There he died. Great Sidon, Little Sidon, Bît-Zitti, Zaribtu, Mahalliba, Ushu, Akzib, Akko, his strong, walled cities, where there were fodder and drink, for his garrisons, the terrors of the weapon of Assur, my lord, overpowered them and they bowed in submission at my feet. I seated Tuba’lu on the royal throne over them, and tribute, gifts for my majesty, I imposed upon him for all time, without ceasing.

From Menachem, the Shamsimurunite, Tuba’lu the Sidonite, Abdi-liti the Arvadite, Uru-milki the Gublite, Mitinti the Ashdodite Budu-ilu the Beth Ammonite, Kammusu-nadbi the Moabite, Malik-rammu the Edomite, kings of Amurru, all of them, numerous presents as their heavy tribute, they brought before me for the fourth time, and kissed my feet.

But Sidka, the king of Ashkelon, who had not submitted to my yoke, the gods of his father’s house, himself, his wife, his sons, his daughters, his brothers, the seed of his paternal house, I tore away and brought to Assyria. Sharru-lu-dari, son of Rukibti, their former king, I set over the people of Ashkelon, and I imposed upon him the payment of tribute: presents to my majesty. He accepted my yoke. In the course of my campaign, Beth-Dagon, Joppa, Banaibarka, Asuru, cities of Sidka, who had not speedily bowed in submission at my feet, I besieged, I conquered, I carried off their spoil.

The officials, nobles, and people of Ekron, who had thrown Padi their king—bound by oath and curse of Assyria— into fetters of iron and had given him over to Hezekiah, the Judahite—he kept him in confinement like an enemy— their heart became afraid, and they called upon the Egyptian kings, the bowmen, chariots and horses of the king of Meluhha [Ethiopia], a countless host, and these came to their aid. In the neighborhood of Eltekeh, their ranks being drawn up before me, they offered battle. With the aid of Assur, my lord, I fought with them and brought about their defeat. The Egyptian charioteers and princes, together with the Ethiopian king’s charioteers, my hands captured alive in the midst of the battle. Eltekeh and Timnah I besieged, I captured, and I took away their spoil.

I approached Ekron and slew the governors and nobles who had rebelled, and hung their bodies on stakes around the city. The inhabitants who rebelled and treated (Assyria) lightly I counted as spoil. The rest of them, who were not guilty of rebellion and contempt, for whom there was no punishment, I declared their pardon. Padi, their king, I brought out to Jerusalem, set him on the royal throne over them, and imposed upon him my royal tribute.

As for Hezekiah the Judahite, who did not submit to my yoke: forty-six of his strong, walled cities, as well as the small towns in their area, which were without number, by levelling with battering-rams and by bringing up seige-engines, and by attacking and storming on foot, by mines, tunnels, and breeches, I besieged and took them. 200,150 people, great and small, male and female, horses, mules, asses, camels, cattle and sheep without number, I brought away from them and counted as spoil. (Hezekiah) himself, like a caged bird I shut up in Jerusalem, his royal city. I threw up earthworks against him— the one coming out of the city-gate, I turned back to his misery. His cities, which I had despoiled, I cut off from his land, and to Mitinti, king of Ashdod, Padi, king of Ekron, and Silli-bêl, king of Gaza, I gave (them). And thus I diminished his land. I added to the former tribute, and I laid upon him the surrender of their land and imposts—gifts for my majesty. As for Hezekiah, the terrifying splendor of my majesty overcame him, and the Arabs and his mercenary troops which he had brought in to strengthen Jerusalem, his royal city, deserted him. In addition to the thirty talents of gold and eight hundred talents of silver, gems, antimony, jewels, large carnelians, ivory-inlaid couches, ivory-inlaid chairs, elephant hides, elephant tusks, ebony, boxwood, all kinds of valuable treasures, as well as his daughters, his harem, his male and female musicians, which he had brought after me to Nineveh, my royal city. To pay tribute and to accept servitude, he dispatched his messengers.

(Complete translations of the records of Sennacherib can be found in Daniel D. Luckenbill, Ancient Records of Assyria and Babylonia, vol. 2, and in James Pritchard’s Ancient Near Eastern Texts (1950).)

The Biblical Comparison

The best way to see the accuracy of the Biblical account with this record on Sennacherib’s Prism is to compare 2 Kings 18:13-19:37 and Isaiah 36:1-37:38 with the last paragraph on the above account.

A Mystery of History

After comparing the Biblical account with that of the Sennacherib Prism one Scripture stands out above all of the rest, which remains a mystery even to today. It is also recorded in the Book of Kings along with the Book of Isaiah. It is the part where Isaiah gives a Word from the Lord just after King Hezekiah’s awesome prayer.

Isa 37:33-38 “Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria: ‘He shall not come into this city, Nor shoot an arrow there, Nor come before it with shield, Nor build a siege mound against it. By the way that he came, By the same shall he return; And he shall not come into this city,’ Says the LORD. ‘For I will defend this city, to save it For My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.'” Then the angel of the LORD went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses–all dead. So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went away, returned home, and remained at Nineveh.”

This miracle cannot be substantiated by archaeological discoveries for a reason of which only God knows, but all of the pieces seem to fit together because even today no one has determined exactly why Sennacherib did not even enter Jerusalem with his great army once it was besieged. After reading his campaigns on his Prism it would seem that this was the thing he had intended to do, and with all anxiety.

Another revealing fact is this: At this point in time there was an abrupt discontinuance of Assyria’s western invasions. Professor George Rawlinson of Oxford noted:

Sennacherib during his later years made no expedition further westward than Cilicia; nor were the Assyrian designs against Southern Syria and Egypt resumed till toward the close of the reign of Esarhaddon (Historical Illustrations of the Old Testament, 1873, p. 145).

Herodotus and Josephus on Sennacherib’s Campaigns

Herodotus, the father of ancient Greek history, records what is probably an Egyptian legend (that grew out of this historical event); he suggests that Sennacherib’s fighting force was greatly reduced when in one night, a plague of field mice gnawed the quivers, bowstrings, and shield-straps of his soldiers, thus making them suddenly vulnerable to their enemies (cf. Edersheim, Bible History, VII, p.155).

Sennacherib Murdered by his own sons.

One interesting note worth investigating further is where the Bible records what happened to Sennacherib once he had returned to Nineveh, without his great army.

In reviewing the background of this situation King Hezekiah was intensely concerned about the armies of the Assyrian king Sennacherib. He sent his servants to inquire of the prophet Isaiah just exactly what the Lord was saying that he needed to do. Once his servants had found Isaiah, he said:

2 Kings 19:6-7 “And Isaiah said to them, “Thus you shall say to your master, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Do not be afraid of the words which you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me. Surely I will send a spirit upon him, and he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.”

The book of Kings goes on to record what had actually happened to Sennacherib once he returned to his capital, Nineveh.

2 Kings 19:37: “Now it came to pass, as he (Sennacherib) was worshiping in the temple of Nisroch his god, that his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Ararat. Then Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place.”

This exact same account was unearthed, having been recorded on a clay tablet, now in the British Museum.

‘On the twentieth day of the month Tebet Sennacherib king of Assyria his son slew him in rebellion… Esarhaddon his son sat on the throne of Assyria.’

This clay tablet along with 2 Kings 19:37 was the last recorded mention of Sennacherib, the powerful Assyrian monarch who once ruled the worl

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The Tomb of Cyrus the Great

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An inscription on the tomb of the great Persian monarch read: “O man, whoever you are and wherever you come from, for I know that you will come–I am Cyrus, son of Cambyses, who founded the Empire of the Persians and was king of the East. Do not grudge me this spot of earth which covers my body.” – Cyrus”. Is it true that Isaiah the Hebrew prophet mention Cyrus by name almost 200 years before he was born?

“O man, whoever you are and wherever you come from, for I know that you will come–I am Cyrus, son of Cambyses, who founded the Empire of the Persians and was king of the East. Do not grudge me this spot of earth which covers my body.” – Cyrus

The Tomb of Cyrus at Pasargadae

This tomb of the great Persian ruler, Cyrus, was discovered in 1951 at the ruins of Pasargadae (south-central Iran). Over 2500 years old, the tomb is in decent condition, made of white limestone and stands a total of 36 feet high. The tomb itself is 18 feet high resting on a 6 level base, also 18 feet high. It was built like a Ziggurat with Ionian and Lydian features. There is a small entrance and double doors leading to a room with no windows which once contained the “golden sarcophagus” of Cyrus, it is now an empty shell. Five huge stones make up its roof, which was slanted (gabled) to shed heavy rains. These Nordic gables were the architectural style of lands far to the north. The inscription was seen and recorded by Plutarch in AD 90.

Pasargadae

Parsagard “camp of the Persians” was the capital of Persia when Cyrus was ruling. After Cyrus had died Darius abandoned Pasargadae and made his capital 45 miles northeast at a place which came to be called Persepolis, “the city of the Persians” and the sacred heart of the Persian Empire. The ancient capital called Pasargadae by Cyrus was in his day a magnificent place, and many discoveries have been found including the four-winged genius, but it was nothing in comparison to the renowned Persepolis.

Cyrus the Great

Cyrus II, the Great was the founder and ruler of the vast Persian Empire from 539 B.C. until his death in 530 B.C. Once Cyrus had defeated the Median king, Astyages and took Ecbatana he expanded his kingdom defeating Croesus, king of Lydia in 546 BC, and then conquered Babylon in 539 BC, and the Persian Empire was formed. He was a generous ruler allowing various captives to return to their homelands, as recorded on the Cyrus Cylinder. Xenophon, Nabonidus and many others gave Cyrus praise for his generous leadership.

The Decree of Cyrus

Judea had remained a Persian province for the next two hundred years until the time that the Bible records “the decree of Cyrus” giving permission to the Hebrew captives to go back to Jerusalem to rebuild their Temple (2 Chronicles 36:22-23):

“Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying, 23 Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: All the kingdoms of the earth the LORD God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah. Who is among you of all His people? May the LORD his God be with him, and let him go up!”

Cyrus also restored the vessels of the House of the Lord which Nebuchadnezzar had taken to Babylon, and provided the funds to bring cedar trees from Lebanon (Ezra 1:7-11):

“King Cyrus also brought out the articles of the house of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had taken from Jerusalem and put in the temple of his gods; and Cyrus king of Persia brought them out by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and counted them out to Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah. This is the number of them: thirty gold platters, one thousand silver platters, twenty-nine knives, thirty gold basins, four hundred and ten silver basins of a similar kind, and one thousand other articles. All the articles of gold and silver were five thousand four hundred. All these Sheshbazzar took with the captives who were brought from Babylon to Jerusalem.”

Cyrus the Chosen Instrument of the Lord

There is no doubt that the Lord had a special purpose for Cyrus and that he would play a big part in the Lord’s promise to His Jewish people that He would allow the Jews to return from captivity and rebuild their Temple. The Lord spoke through the prophet Isaiah about Cyrus almost 200 years before he was born (Isaiah 44:28):

“Who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd, And he shall perform all My pleasure, Saying to Jerusalem, “You shall be built,” And to the temple, “Your foundation shall be laid.”

Some Biblical Passages

Isa 41:25; 44:28; 45:1-13; Ezra 1:1-8; 4:3-5; 2 Chronicles 36:22-23; Dan 1:21; 10:1.

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The Megiddo Seal

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There have been numerous seals excavated in Palestine, many having been the seals of ministers and high officials. Some contain personal names of people mentioned in the Bible including kings of Israel and Judah. No seal has been discovered as of yet, which actually belonged to a king of Israel or Judah.

Seal of Megiddo

This seal was discovered in 1904 during the earliest excavation of Megiddo, led by Gottlieb Schumacher. This was a seal belonging to a royal minister in the 8th century BC. It is engraved with the figure of a roaring lion (symbol of the kingdom of Judah) with a beautiful curved tail and was skillfully executed. The inscription reads “Shema” on top, and “Servant of Jeroboam” on the bottom.

“Shema servant of Yarob’oam”

The inscription actually proclaims the name and rank of its owner, one of the ministers of King Jeroboam II who reigned from 787-747 BC. The word “servant” is the Hebrew word “ebed” and is mentioned in the Bible as one of high dignity in the government. Many seals have been discovered with similar inscriptions like “the servant of the king.”

King Jeroboam

2 Kings 14:23-25 In the fifteenth year of Amaziah the son of Joash, king of Judah, Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel, became king in Samaria, and reigned forty-one years. And he did evil in the sight of the LORD; he did not depart from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who had made Israel sin. Jeroboam means, “may the people grow numerous.” He was Jeroboam II, the son of Joash, king of Israel. The Lord had pity on Israel in the north, according to the prophet Jonah, and allowed Assyria to weaken Damascus and Hamath to relieve Israel of the Syrian yoke. Jeroboam II came in and conquered the territory (II Ki 14). This made the Northern Kingdom powerful and wealthy, although the prophet Amos protested against their boasting. It is interesting that he chose the name Jeroboam, since Jeroboam I was the first King of the Northern Kingdom in the early 10th century BC, who Solomon sought to kill, he fled to Egypt and gained refuge by King Shishak until Solomon died. Jerobaom I was at constant war with the House of David in the south and he is mentioned as the one who had led Israel into idolatry. According to the Bible every king of the Northern Kingdom of Israel was evil.

Archaeological Excavations

Excavations at Samaria, the capital of the Northern Kingdom, have the enormous wealth that existed in Israel during the reign of Jeroboam II in the eighth century B.C. Excavations reveal that Jeroboam II refortified the city with a double wall, thirty-three feet in width, which made their fortifications so substantial that the mighty Assyrian army took three years to capture the city (2 Kings 17:5). There was a beautiful palace of limestone with a strong rectangular tower massive outer court, the archaeologist, professor Yadin, has said of the buildings uncovered at Hazor and attributed to Jeroboam that they are “among the finest of the entire Israelite period.” This jasper seal discovered at Megiddo no doubt demonstrates the prosperity of Israel during this time.

The Biblical Comparison

It is very interesting that the Jasper Seal of Megiddo would contain the symbol for the Southern Kingdom of Judah. But in examining all of the circumstances involved and seeing what the Bible says it is no wonder that the prosperous and victorious Northern Kingdom of Israel would boast with a symbol of their rival. Lets go back just a few verses and see what happened just before Jeroboam II became king: 2 Kings 14:12-14 And Judah was defeated by Israel, and every man fled to his tent. Then Jehoash king of Israel captured Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Jehoash, the son of Ahaziah, at Beth Shemesh; and he went to Jerusalem, and broke down the wall of Jerusalem from the Gate of Ephraim to the Corner Gate–four hundred cubits. And he took all the gold and silver, all the articles that were found in the house of the LORD and in the treasuries of the king’s house, and hostages, and returned to Samaria.

Israel in the north had conquered Judah in the south and carried away the contents of the Jerusalem temple to Samaria, along with titles to large tracts of Judaean land. This would no doubt have made Jeroboam feel that he was entitled to exercise his power over the southern kingdom and use Judah’s symbol as a symbol of his own.

This is another amazing verification of history and the Bible, where archaeology not only confirms the accuracy of God’s Word, but also answers some of the difficult questions in Scripture.

Other Discoveries Referencing the Kings of Israel and Judah

There have been more discoveries mentioning the kings of Israel and Judah including:

• A seal with the inscription “Abijah the servant of Uzziah,” which is almost identical to the way it is mentioned in the Bible.

• A clay seal on which is written “Ahaz (son of) Jotham King of Judah”

• Another reference is an inscription on a building of the Assyrian king Tiglath-pileser III stating that “Jehoahaz (Ahaz) of Judah” paid tribute to the Assyrian king.”

• The burial inscription of king Uzziah has been found with instructions not to open the tomb, not bad advice considering that Uzziah was a leper.

• Ration lists have been recovered from Babylon which have the names of Johiachin and his sons who had received rations from the Royal Court.

• It is also interesting to note that the seal of Gedaliah, who was not a king but an appointed governor has also been found

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The Dead Sea

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The Red Sea Riviera consists of the resort cities lying on the western shore of the Gulf of Aqaba and along the eastern shore of mainland Egypt south of the Gulf of Suez. This long stretch of coast line is referred to as the Red Sea Riviera. Listed in order of the most northern first:

 
The Dead Sea is a large inland lake measuring about 50 miles long and 10 miles wide. It is located in Judea, in southeastern Israel, approximately 12 miles east of Jerusalem. It is known in the Bible as the Salt Sea mentioned in Genesis 14:3 and Numbers 34:12; the Sea of the Plain mentioned in Deuteronomy 3:17, Deuteronomy 4:49, and Joshua 3:16, East Sea mentioned in Ezekiel 47:18 and Joel 2:20 and Former Sea mentioned in Zechariah 14:8. In Arabic, its name is Bahr Lut, meaning “Sea of Lot.” Today, it forms part of the international boundary with the Kingdom of Jordan.At 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the deepest depression on the planet. It is also the saltiest and most mineral-laden in the world. The salt content of the Dead Sea has been measured as nearly ten times that of the world’s oceans. The high salinity allows nothing to live in its waters, except for a highly adaptive microorganism only recently discovered by scientists.The Jordan River is the main source of water for the Dead Sea, with a few small rivers also emptying into it. Despite the constant inflow, and the fact that it has no outlet, the level of the Dead Sea changes very little over the year. Daily 7 million tons of water evaporates but the minerals remain, causing the salt content to increase. Figures for the Dead Sea’s salinity today range from 26-35%.Despite its inhospitable setting, the Dead Sea is surrounded by a richness of biblical history. The Dead Sea is mentioned in the Old Testament mostly as a boundary. Its formation comes into discussion in the book of Genesis 14:3 where speaking of the kings against whom Cherdorlaomer fought, the text says: “All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea.” The Dead Sea also blocked traffic to Judah from the east. An advancing army of Ammonites and Jehoshaphat mentioned in 2 Chronicles 20:1-2.

In addition, the crossing area of the Gulf of Aqaba is more consistent with the scriptural account which describes it a crossing in deep waters. Remains of ancient chariot wheels have also been found, buried in the water and mud, consistent with Pharaoh’s army chariots swallowed by the waters.

This unique body of water is another proof that confirms in exact statements in the Bible a historical place that demonstrates how authentic the bible is. (From: How Authentic the Bible Is? | ADD Productions | 2004)

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How can circumcision of the male prevent cancer in women?

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A number of studies have borne out the fact that freedom from cancer of the cervix was not due to factors such as race or food or environment, but wholly to circumcision.

If the tight, un-retractable foreskin is not removed, proper cleansing cannot be readily performed. As a result many virulent bacteria, including the cancer-producing Smegma bacillus, can grow profusely. During sexual intercourse these bacteria are deposited on the cervix of the uterus, but if the mucous membrane of the cervix is intact, little harm results. However, if lacerations exist, as they frequently do after childbirth, these bacteria can cause considerable irritation. Since any part of the body that is subjected to irritation is susceptible to cancer, it is perfectly understandable why cervical cancer is likely to develop in women whose mates are not circumcised. These bacteria not only produce cancer in women, but also irritate the male organ and may cause cancer of the penis. The extreme rarity of penile cancer in circumcised men is shown by the fact that in 1955 only the fourth case in medical history was reported. Thus we can say that circumcision is an almost perfect prophylaxis against this deadly cancer.

And to add to this protection from cervical injury, the Lord also commanded the people of Israel to not have sexual intercourse during a woman’s monthly menses and right after childbirth. Both are times when the cervix is soft, open, and susceptible to injury and infections.

“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying ‘Speak to the children of Israel, saying If a woman has conceived, and borne a male child, then she shall be unclean seven days; as in the days of her customary impurity she shall be unclean. And on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. She shall then continue in the blood of her purification thirty-three days … But if she bears a female child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her customary impurity, and she shall continue in the blood of her purification sixty-six days.'” (Leviticus 12:1-5,KJV)

Not only does the practice of circumcision, which God ordered Abraham to institute four thousand years ago, save lives by preventing cancer, because there is another remarkably unique fact about the matter of circumcision.

After many years of research and studies, it was found that newborn babies don’t manufacture vitamin K (an important blood-clotting element) in their intestinal tract until the fifth to the seventh day. It is clear that the first safe day to perform circumcision would be the eighth day, the very day that God commanded Abraham to circumcise Isaac. A second element which is also necessary for the normal clotting of blood is prothrombin. Pediatric textbooks reveal that on the eighth day, prothrombin levels skyrockets to 110 per cent. It then levels off to 100 per cent. It appears that an eight- day-old baby has more available prothrombin than on any other day in its entire life. Thus one observes that from a consideration of vitamin K and prothrombin determinations the perfect day to perform a circumcision is the eighth day. Abraham did not pick the eighth day after many centuries of trial-and-error experiments. Neither he nor any of his company from the ancient city of Ur in the Chaldees had ever been circumcised. It was a day picked by the Creator of vitamin K.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, KJV)

Follow God’s direction for good health, long life, and happiness

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Sanitation and the Bible

•October 30, 2007 • Leave a Comment

 
Here are some rules of Sanitation found in the Bible:“All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be.” (Leviticus 13:46, KJV)

Early in the Middle Ages, the dreaded disease leprosy had killed countless millions of people; and later the Black Death took another sixty million. Not until the physicians of the day gave up leadership to religion was the plague brought under control. The church took as its guiding principle the concept of contagion as embodied in the Old Testament, Leviticus.

“You shall set off a place outside the camp and, when you go out; and you shall have an implement among your equipment, and when you sit down outside, you shall dig with it and turn and cover your refuse.” (Deuteronomy 23:12,13, KJV)

Up to the close of the eighteenth century, hygienic provisions, even in the great capitals, were quite primitive. It was the rule for excrement to be dumped into the streets that were unpaved and filthy. Powerful stenches gripped villages and cities. It was a heyday for flies as they bred in the filth and spread intestinal diseases that killed millions. Diseases such as cholera, dysentery, and typhoid fever could have easily been controlled by following God’s provision in Deuteronomy. A medical historian writes that this directive is “certainly a primitive measure, but an effective one, which indicates advanced ideas of sanitation.”

“He who touches the dead body of anyone shall be unclean seven days. … Whoever touches the body of anyone who has died, and does not purify himself, defiles the tabernacle of the Lord. That person shall be cut off from Israel. He shall be unclean, because the water of purification was not sprinkled on him; his uncleanness is still on him. … The clean person shall sprinkle the unclean on the third day and on the seventh day he shall purify himself, wash his clothes, and bathe in water; and at evening he shall be clean…” (Numbers 19:11-22)

If physicians only followed the above instructions early in history many lives would have been saved. It was not until 1847, when Dr. Semmelweis wrote a book about hand-washing and changing clothes after doing autopsies and surgeries before going to the next patient. When his rules were followed mortality dropped by 80 percent.

Many centuries before Semmelweis, however, God gave to Moses detailed instructions on the safest method for cleansing the hands after handling the infected living. Proper modern method for washing hands is “The hands should be vigorously lathered and rubbed together for at least 15 seconds under a moderate-sized stream of water..

The scriptural method specified not merely washing in a basin, but repeated washing in running water with time intervals allowed for drying and exposure to sun to kill bacteria not washed off. The soap used is even more remarkable. It was made by burning together in a fire the following: a young cow, cedar wood, hyssop branches, and scarlet wool. The washing solution contained an irritant, cedar-wood oil, that would encourage scrubbing; an antiseptic, hyssop oil, that would kill bacteria and fungi; and a scrubbing element, wool fibers, that would dislodge the bacteria. Even today, hospitals often use a similar granular soap because it is difficult to remove granular soap from the hands in less than 15 seconds.

 
 
 
Here are some rules of Sanitation found in the Bible:“All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be.” (Leviticus 13:46, KJV)

Early in the Middle Ages, the dreaded disease leprosy had killed countless millions of people; and later the Black Death took another sixty million. Not until the physicians of the day gave up leadership to religion was the plague brought under control. The church took as its guiding principle the concept of contagion as embodied in the Old Testament, Leviticus.

“You shall set off a place outside the camp and, when you go out; and you shall have an implement among your equipment, and when you sit down outside, you shall dig with it and turn and cover your refuse.” (Deuteronomy 23:12,13, KJV)

Up to the close of the eighteenth century, hygienic provisions, even in the great capitals, were quite primitive. It was the rule for excrement to be dumped into the streets that were unpaved and filthy. Powerful stenches gripped villages and cities. It was a heyday for flies as they bred in the filth and spread intestinal diseases that killed millions. Diseases such as cholera, dysentery, and typhoid fever could have easily been controlled by following God’s provision in Deuteronomy. A medical historian writes that this directive is “certainly a primitive measure, but an effective one, which indicates advanced ideas of sanitation.”

“He who touches the dead body of anyone shall be unclean seven days. … Whoever touches the body of anyone who has died, and does not purify himself, defiles the tabernacle of the Lord. That person shall be cut off from Israel. He shall be unclean, because the water of purification was not sprinkled on him; his uncleanness is still on him. … The clean person shall sprinkle the unclean on the third day and on the seventh day he shall purify himself, wash his clothes, and bathe in water; and at evening he shall be clean…” (Numbers 19:11-22)

If physicians only followed the above instructions early in history many lives would have been saved. It was not until 1847, when Dr. Semmelweis wrote a book about hand-washing and changing clothes after doing autopsies and surgeries before going to the next patient. When his rules were followed mortality dropped by 80 percent.

Many centuries before Semmelweis, however, God gave to Moses detailed instructions on the safest method for cleansing the hands after handling the infected living. Proper modern method for washing hands is “The hands should be vigorously lathered and rubbed together for at least 15 seconds under a moderate-sized stream of water..

The scriptural method specified not merely washing in a basin, but repeated washing in running water with time intervals allowed for drying and exposure to sun to kill bacteria not washed off. The soap used is even more remarkable. It was made by burning together in a fire the following: a young cow, cedar wood, hyssop branches, and scarlet wool. The washing solution contained an irritant, cedar-wood oil, that would encourage scrubbing; an antiseptic, hyssop oil, that would kill bacteria and fungi; and a scrubbing element, wool fibers, that would dislodge the bacteria. Even today, hospitals often use a similar granular soap because it is difficult to remove granular soap from the hands in less than 15 seconds.

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2. create your own account

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4. look for Brother Eli’s podcast entitled “The Brother Eli Soriano Truth Pod

5. click on “listen, chat, and talk”

*please be advised that it is a must that everyone who will be calling in the podshow should be wearing a headset to avoid feedbacks and echoes.

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Science and the Bible at odds?

•October 30, 2007 • Leave a Comment

         
     
 
 
The Bible is often described as a book that includes many ideas that are scientifically inaccurate. Many people have misinterpreted the Bible in such a way as to make it seem to be at odds with the reality of our world. For example, the Roman Catholic Church promoted geocentrism (the idea that the earth is the center of the universe) for many years. This concept is not found in the Bible, but stems from the idea that since humans are the center of God’s attention, that the place where they live must be the center of God’s universe. This is neither a logical nor biblical inference because the Bible said that the heavens control the earth and not the other way around (the heavens “fix their rule over the earth,”). Scientists (Nicholas Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei) believe too that the earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around which the Catholic religion asserted. In fact, Isaac Newton, in his famous scientific work, Principia, stated, “The most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion on an intelligent and powerful Being.”Of course, the Bible was not written as a work of science nor was its purpose to describe the workings of the physical world. However, when the Bible describes the physical world, it is accurate. The purpose of this article is to illustrate some of the examples of scientific principles described in the Bible hundreds to thousands of years before they were proved to be true by science.Scientific PrincipleCosmology/Astronomy• Time had a beginning (2 Timothy 1:9, Titus 1:2, 1 Corinthians 2:7)

• The universe had a beginning (Genesis 1:1, 2:4, Isaiah 42:5, etc.)

• The universe was created from the invisible (Hebrews 11:3)

• The dimensions of the universe were created (Romans 8:38-39)

• Creation of matter and energy has ended in the universe (refutes steady-state theory) (Genesis 2:3-4)

• The universe is winding down and will “wear out” (Psalms 102:25-27)

• Describes the correct order of creation (Genesis 1) (see Day-Age Genesis One Interpretation)

• Number of stars exceeds a billion (Genesis 22:17, Jeremiah 33:22)

• Every star is different (1 Corinthians 15:41)

• Pleiades and Orion as gravitationally bound star groups (Job 38:31)

• Light is in motion (Job 38:19-20)

• The earth is controlled by the heavens (Job 38:33)

• Earth is a sphere (Isaiah 40:2213 Job 26:10)

• At any time, there is day and night on the Earth (Luke 17:34-35)

• Earth is suspended in space (Job 26:7)

Earth Sciences• Earth began as a waterworld. Formation of continents by tectonic activity described (Genesis 1:2-9, Psalms 104:6-9, Proverbs 3:19, Proverbs 8:27-29, Job 38:4-8, 2 Peter 3:5)

• Water cycle described (Ecclesiastes 1:7; Isaiah 55:10, Job 36:27-28)

• Valleys exist on the bottom of the sea (2 Samuel 22:16)

• Vents exist on the bottom of the sea (Job 38:16)

• Ocean currents in the sea (Psalms 8:8)

• Air has weight (Job 28:25)

• Winds blow in circular paths (Ecclesiastes 1:6)

Biology• The chemical nature of human life (Genesis 2:7, 3:19)

• Life of creatures are in the blood (Leviticus 17:11)

• The nature of infectious diseases (Leviticus 13:46)

• Importance of sanitation to health (Numbers 19, Deuteronomy 23:12-13, Leviticus 7-9)

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